Films: Recent Broadcasts
Browse the entire American Experience series featuring over 250 films. Watch full films online, download teacher’s guides, go behind the scenes, and learn more about your favorite films.
Annie Oakley : 1 hr
As the star attraction of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, Annie Oakley thrilled audiences around the world with her shooting feats. Part of the Wild West collection.
Jesse James : 1 hr
America's Robin Hood who robbed not only the rich but the poor and defenseless as well, always saving the treasure for himself. Part of the Wild West collection.
Billy the Kid : 1 hr
The boy behind the myth, who in just a few short years transformed himself from a skinny orphan to the most feared man in the West and an enduring icon. Part of The Wild West collection.
Silicon Valley : 90 mins
Robert Noyce's invention of the microchip launched the world into the Information Age.
The Abolitionists : 3 hrs
How five abolitionist allies turned a despised fringe movement against chattel slavery into a force that literally changed the nation.
Death and the Civil War : 2 hrs
The staggering death tolls of the Civil War permanently altered the character of the republic and the psyche of the American people.
Jesse Owens : 1 hr
His stunning triumph at the 1936 Olympic Games captivated the world even as it infuriated the Nazis. Premiering May 1.
Clinton : 4 hrs
A president who rose from a broken childhood to become one of the most successful politicians in modern American history, and one of the most complex and conflicted characters to ever stride across the public stage.
The Crash of 1929 : 1 hr
The unbounded optimism of the Jazz Age and the shocking consequences when reality finally hit on October 29th, 1929.
Hoover Dam : 1 hr
During the Great Depression, Americans built the Hoover Dam, one of the greatest engineering works in history.
Panama Canal : 90 mins
The most daring and innovative accomplishment at the turn of the 20th century.
Grand Coulee Dam : 90 mins
The contradictory history of a dam that became a statement of American power and prestige.
Triangle Fire : 1 hr
It was the deadliest workplace accident in New York City’s history.
The 300-year saga of the American whaling industry.
The Amish : 2 hrs
Their intense faith and strict adherence to 300-year-old traditions have by turn captivated and repelled, awed and irritated, inspired and confused America.
Tupperware! : 1 hr
This funny, probing program re-examines assumptions about American culture in the 1950s.
Freedom Riders : 2 hrs
A courageous band of civil rights activists called Freedom Riders who in 1961 challenged segregation in the American South.
Wyatt Earp : 1 hr
A central figure in the narrative of how the west was won, Wyatt Earp and his story became an American legend. Part of the Wild West collection.
Custer's Last Stand : 2 hrs
The Last Stand, the final act of General George Custer's larger-than-life career, played out on a grand stage with a spellbound public engrossed in the drama. Part of the Wild West collection.
Seabiscuit : 1 hr
Thoroughbred racehorse Seabiscuit was the long shot that captured America's heart during the Depression.
The six-part story of a frontiersman farmer and a wealthy Confederate slave-owner's daughter.
Dinosaur Wars : 1 hr
The epic battle waged over dinosaur fossils by rival paleontologists in the American West.
Stonewall Uprising : 90 mins
In 1969, homosexuality was illegal in almost every state... but that was about to change. The Stonewall riots marked a major turning point in the modern gay civil rights movement.
War Letters : 1 hr
From the Revolutionary War to Operation Desert Storm - newly discovered letters read by celebrity actors tell of courage, longing, and sacrifice.
A brilliant scientist, Oppenheimer was tasked with the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.
Soundtrack for a Revolution : 2 hrs
The story of the American civil rights movement is told through its powerful music -- the freedom songs that protesters sang on picket lines, in mass meetings, in police wagons, and in jail cells as they fought for justice and equality.
Roads to Memphis : 1 hr
The international manhunt to catch the killer of Martin Luther King.
The Great Famine : 1 hr
The American effort to relieve starvation in Soviet Russia in 1921 during the worst natural disaster in Europe in 500 years.
Robert E. Lee : 90 mins
Robert E. Lee, the leading Confederate general of the American Civil War, remains a source of fascination and, for some, veneration.
Dolley Madison : 90 mins
America's first First Lady defined the role of the President's wife and in the process changed the face of the American presidency.
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